Ruairi Fallon Mcguigan
Ruairi Fallon Mcguigan is a Belfast-born London-based artist.
Growing up in Northern Ireland post troubles, with an English mother and an Irish Catholic father fuelled Ruairi's interest in identity, particularly Irish identity with its many preconceptions, romances and contradictions. On moving to England this became a more complex discussion now not only concerned with nationalism and unionism but crossed over by a diaspora who rivalled each other to be the authentic Irish. Ruairi's works look to explore particular elements of this broad subject matter, working on several historical themes concurrently.
Ruairi primarily creates work following two different processes; in the first he uses historical documents and archive images to create bodies of visual work providing a context for the second process. His second approach is intended to provide a more current insight into Irish identity, stereotypes and political landscape. He commonly gets involved with subject matter through reportage and discussion, working with his observational drawings to build a visual narrative in the form of prints, paintings and installations.